DAYTONA BEACH , Fla. – Daytona International Speedway will pay tribute to five Medal of Honor recipients during the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, reinstituting a program that was first started by Bill France Sr. back in the 1970s.

The Medal of Honor recipients, all from the Vietnam War, to be honored are:

  • Walter Marm, a retired U.S Army Colonel from Washington, Penn.

  • Kenneth Stumpf, a retired U.S Army Sergeant Major from Neenah, Wis.

  • John McGinty,  a retired U.S Marine Captain from Boston, Mass.

  • Charles Hagemeister, a retired U.S Army Lieutenant Colonel from Lincoln, Neb.

  • Gary Littrell, a retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major from Henderson, Ky.

All five Medal of Honor recipients will be honored during a special luncheon at noon on Friday at the Bill France Room inside Daytona 500 Experience and will attend driver’s meetings and participate in pre-race ceremonies for both the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

“Bill France Sr. honored Medal of Honor recipients during the 400-mile mid-summer classics back in the 1970s and we’re looking forward to restarting that program during this year’s Coke Zero 400 Weekend,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “Through their military service to our country, these men have helped preserve the freedom and liberties that we enjoy today and we’re proud to honor them during the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend.”

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It’s bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Tickets for the luncheon in which Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey will serve as Master of Ceremonies are $40 and can be purchased by calling Daytona 500 Experience Group Sales at (386) 681-6470.

Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday night, July 4 are available on your web-enabled phone at, online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.